Slow-Cooker Hearty Beef Stew
Dumping a pile of ingredients into a slow cooker, waiting a few hours, and calling it stew is not a recipe for success.
Why This Recipe Works
Browning the meat before adding it to the slow cooker made for more flavorful beef as well as broth in our Slow-Cooker Hearty Beef Stew. Soy sauce and tomato paste browned in a skillet enhanced the meaty flavor even further.
To ensure the vegetables cooked gently and didn’t turn to msuh, we wrapped them in a foil packet and placed them on top of the meat in the slow cooker. We finished them in the broth toward the end to let them soak up flavor.
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